In his newest column for The Weekly Standard, Hugh Hewitt looks at the Groningen Protocol for non-voluntary euthanasia of children in the Netherlands. He wonders if the 21st Century will be even bloodier than the 20th:
This is either a low point, or a point of no return. The establishment of “independent committees” to dispatch non-consenting humans is nothing but a death penalty committee for innocents. Once begun, it is impossible–simply impossible–to limit the concept with any bright line. Abortion, of course, has always been limited by the physical act of birth, and once out of the womb, only the most extreme “reproductive rights” advocates have argued that the baby’s natural right to live can be compromised by the mother. But now the Netherlands has gone farther–much, much farther. If the “severely retarded” may be killed upon appropriate motion, second, debate, and majority vote, why not the moderately retarded? Why not the mildly retarded? Why not, in fact, anyone the “independent committee” deems as usefully dispatched.
Incredibly, the nation’s elite media has turned a collective blind eye to this story, though the Los Angeles Times did, on the day following the Drudge headline, find time to put on the paper’s front page, above the fold, the story that Salmon and Steelhead May Lose Protection, but not a column inch of ink for a radical leap past Kevorkian land into the regions of Mengele.
Lest anyone bring up Godwin’s Law, kindly remember that this is actually how the Nazis desensitized German culture in preparation for the Final Solution.
Since The Weekly Standard is read by the heavy hitters in the White House, you can bet this will show up on President Bush’s radar. Watch for references to the Groningen Protocol in upcoming presidential speeches on the partial birth abortion ban, and maybe even in speeches on judicial nominations in general.